May 18, 2024

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CD review: Louis Hayes – Crisis 2021: Video, CD cover

Detroit-born jazz drummer Louis Hayes arrived in New York when he was 19 to join the Horace Silver ensemble, making his recording debut with the pianist on Six Pieces of Silver, the following year. 

Over the next 60 years Hayes amassed a staggeringly great body of work, playing and recording with Cannonball Adderley, Oscar Peterson, John Coltrane, Dexter Gordon, Grant Green, Kenny Burrell, Cedar Walton, Sonny Rollins, Woody Shaw and many more of the giants of modern music. Continuing this legacy of excellence with his new Savant recording, Hayes pays tribute to some of his jazz colleagues past and present with a set-list featuring works by Freddie Hubbard, Bobby Hutcherson, Joe Farrell, vibraphonist Steve Nelson and bassist Dezron Douglas along with one of his own original compositions. With David Hazeltine at the piano rounding out the all-star rhythm section and the acclaimed saxophonist Abraham Burton leading the charge out in front, the band alternately caress and careen through their material with tasteful arrangements and memorable solos. Also on hand is the multi-instrumentalist and composer Camille Thurman displaying her vocal prowess on two tracks.

01. Arab Arab (5:30)
02. Roses Poses (5:56)
03. I’m Afraid the Masquerade Is Over (7:04)
04. Desert Moonlight (5:16)
05. Where Are You? (5:01)
06. Creeping Crud (5:22)
07. Alien Visitation (6:08)
08. Crisis (5:47)
09. Oxygen (5:41)
10. It’s Only a Paper Moon (4:12)

Louis Hayes – Drums
Abraham Burton – tenor saxophone
Steve Nelson – vibraphone
David Hazeltine – piano
Dezron Douglas – bass
Camille Thurman – vocals (tracks 3 & 5)

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